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May 12, 2020

Maryland receives $16.1M in CARES funds for housing, public services

Credit: The Star Democrat

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Maryland’s Department of Housing and Community Development will receive $16.1 million in Community Development Block Grant funds to enhance the state’s related public services during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The state’s full congressional delegation — including U.S. Sens. Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, both D-Md, and Reps. Steny H. Hoyer, D-Md-5th, Dutch Ruppersberger, D-Md-2nd, John P. Sarbanes, D-Md-3rd, Kweisi Mfume, D-Md-7th, Andy Harris, R-Md-1st, Anthony G. Brown, D-Md.-4th, Jamie B. Raskin, D-Md-8th, and David Trone, D-Md-7th — announced the funding Monday, May 11.

The money will come from a $5 billion national Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act community development allocation that is set to be awarded in three rounds to support public health, coronavirus, and housing and economic disruption needs.

The $16.1 million sweep represents the second round of awards, totaling $1 billion nationally, which are made directly to the states.

In a joint statement, the delegation said the federal funding “will help protect Marylanders facing homelessness and lower-income renters who are struggling as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.”

“The need for state housing and other community services has increased dramatically in recent months,” the delegation said. “We remain committed to ensuring that state officials have the resources to respond to those needs.”